To diagnosis a lameness, a vet goes through a series of methodical steps including a clinical exam and nerve and joint blocks.
Ninety percent of the time, forelimb lameness is diagnosed below the fetlock joint. In many cases, lameness is localized to the hoof with nerve blocks. In some of these cases, radiographs and ultrasound are performed, but a clear diagnosis is not reached. In this case, MRI may be recommended.
If MRI is not an option, prolonged periods of rest may be prescribed with the hope that the condition resolves.
Other Diagnoses Considered
Prognosis & Relevant Factors
Depends on specific diagnosis.
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